Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mini Post #25




Monday, February 24, 2014

The Weaks - The World Is A Terrible Place & I Hate Myself And Want To Die



01. Nightswimming At The Full Moon Party
02. Nietzsche's Harvest Song
03. Instantaneous Vertical Speed
04. To Thine Own Self Be True
05. How To Put An Audience To Sleep In Under Two Minutes
06. Dunce Pageant

"It's like the Beach Boys started listening to Pinkerton", was my initial reaction to Philadelphia's The Weaks. The EP, whose name is actually what attracted me to the band in the first place, starts off slow on, 'Nightswimming At The Full Moon Party' which opens with chugging power chords and a bummed out confession of, "I am separating from myself", droning over the fuzz. 'The World Is A Terrible Place...' quickly picks up after that, with the shoegazy pop punk anthem, 'Nietzsche's Harvest Song'. To be completely honest, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite song off of this album because every song is the type of song that makes you reminisce about warm summer evenings where you sit on the beach, get stoned, and skinny dip. The biggest problem I have with this release was that it was put out in February. I'm glad that it was released now, so I can sing along with all my car windows open once June comes around, but this EP would have been the perfect thing to come out on the last day of school. The Weaks have created a potentially perfect summer anthem of an EP, and it is bound to blow the minds of those who enjoy Pity Sex, Pinkerton, Joyce Manor-meets-Built To Spill style, fuzzed out pop-punk.

Reviewed by Leor.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Headroom - Headroom



01. Outside
02. Miss
03. Slung
04. Headroom

Headroom play a cool interpretation of the kind of emo/punk that's really resonating with kids right now. The guitars are huge and crunchy while being atmospheric in all the right moments, and the just barely strained vocals carry intense melodies while conveying a definite sense of earnest sincerity. Basement and Title Fight would be lazy comparisons, but the likeness is definitely there. The nimble yet powerful drums carry these tunes forward in a powerful way, utilizing skillful fills without being so flashy as to divert the energy. While largely this pulls from emo and indie rock, some of the faster parts and palm muted guitar passages bring to mind No Trigger or Crime in Stereo for me right before slowing back down to carry the quieter vocals. I don't want to beat these comparisons to death, but if you're a fan of No Sleep or Run For Cover Records bands, Headroom will be right in your wheelhouse. Pick this up!

Reviewed by Justin.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mini Post #24

Yusuke - Delos Split

In this mini post you can meet 3 heavy and powerful splits. The first between Yusuke (US) and Delos (Germany), fast-paced screamo stuff, listen to it!
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El Eje Del Mäl​ - ​Inquiry Last Scenery

The second split by El Eje Del Mäl from Spain and ​Inquiry Last Scenery from Malaysia is a must for fans of spazzy screamo and emo-violence.
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Löri Berensön - Escaleras Split

Peruvian Löri Berensön's debut is one of my favourite records. Now they have released a split with Escaleras from Argentina. Excellent songs, you've got to hear them!
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Posture & The Grizzly - Calling All Creeps (Or The Passion Pit Of Mel Gibson Jesus Christ And The Adam Sandler Movielife)



01. Sister Charles Marie
02. Eggnog Drunk Off Of Hillary Duff's Piss
03. God's Drugs

This quick little EP from Posture & The Grizzly is a raw and fun listen, seeping into your brain and getting right back out again before getting stale or repetitive. Opener 'Sister Charles Marie' is catchy right out of the gate, putting subtly harmonized group vocals over a lone guitar. When the rest of the band kicks in the quick tempos and fuzzy quality of this recording give it a light seeming attitude, and the whole thing is just fun. These songs remind me of stuff that would have fit in on the first couple 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' compilations that Hopeless Records put out. Punk energy, catchy hooks, and a seemingly light hearted attitude. The quieter picked bridge of 'God's Drugs' is a definite highlight, perched perfectly between heavier, noisier sections.

Reviewed by Justin.

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Cassus - ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! Split



01. Cassus - Trilogy 1: Ostrich Hearts
02. Cassus - Trilogy 2: A Thousand Tiny Explosions Of Glitter
03. Cassus - Trilogy 3: All We'll Ever Need
04. ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! - Ser Humano
05. ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! - Il Est Bien Vengé Aka Miguel
06. ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! - Potentia Absoluta Dei (Unclean Version)
07. ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! - Outro-Pitsa Party

Cassus offer up listeners three ripping songs on their side of this split with ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio!. The songs are conveniently titled as a successive trilogy, and in a way it seems like they almost flow into each other. The first two songs, each about 45 seconds in length, fly by so fast that it's possible to think that they are separate movements within the same song. This is a form of screamo/hardcore that pays homage to some of the spastic greats, in some moments bringing to mind the likes of pg. 99 and Orchid. 'Trilogy 3: All We’ll Ever Need' is the longest song on in the batch, and deservedly so. After the initial blasting, the intensity gives way to a gentle riff that weaves for a minute or so before exploding back into thick chaos that slows and intensifies as it goes along until reaching its pained sounding vocal end. Parts of the ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio! side of this split almost veer into a powerviolence direction, but before the music becomes too garbled, the instruments lock into a solid mid tempo groove that breathes a little more and leaves room for the dual vocals to shine. The strengths of these songs lie heavily in the dynamic shifts - blasting drums quickly dissolve into grooving open passages and back again with skill. The outro is a playful instrumental that starts out on a danceable groove before crumbling into feedback soaked noise. Overall a really cool split.

Reviewed by Justin.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Todos Caerán - Town Of Cats



01. Norwegian Wood
02. South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
03. Underground
04. IQ84
05. Kafka On The Shore
06. Sputnik Sweetheart

Todos Caerán is a five piece band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who formed in 2010. I've really enjoyed watching this band progress and evolve over the past few years, making them one of the most respected and unique bands in the current post hardcore/screamo scene. Since their inception in 2010, Todos Caerán have released a five song self titled cassette on Bart Records in 2010, a split 10" with Bears in 2011, a four way split with Lizards Have Personalities, ¡Silencio, Ahora, Silencio!, and Book Of Caverns in 2011, a split 7" with Gumilinski in 2011, a five song LP entitled After Dark in 2011, a split 10" with Mahria in 2011, a four way split LP with Polina, Bonehouse, and Kadish in early 2013, and a split LP with Tel Fyr in June Of 2013. Todos Caerán play a killer style of screamo tinged post hardcore influenced by bands such as Portraits Of Past, Funeral Diner, City Of Caterpillar, Fugazi, Daitro, Moss Icon, Suis La Lune, Zann, Native Nod, ...Who Calls So Loud, and Fall Of Efrafa. 'Town Of Cats' is the band's latest six song LP, which is set for release via Dog Knights Productions on December 15th, 2013. This latest LP is Todos Caerán's most ambitious release to date. These six songs are a perfect showcase for the band's continued evolution. The biggest change in the band's sound is that they have included an atmospheric, dark, and dynamic post rock element to their sound, which was only hinted at in their previous releases. The end result is six songs of intensely dark and atmospheric screamo tinged post hardcore. Calling this album phenomenal would only be a starting point in describing how good this album is. All I can say is that it's a good thing I haven't begun compiling my best of year end lists yet. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Chris.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Perfect Future - Irrational, Malleable, Inevitable



01. Irrational
02. Malleable
03. Inevitable

This short seven inch from Maryland's Perfect Future serves as a good introduction to the band for new listeners, and the band uses these three songs to outline who they are and the directions they're heading in. Opening track 'Irrational' jumps right into weaving guitar lines and call and response style vocals. Winding riffs give way to chunky guitar chords that carry a group chorus perfectly. Anyone familiar with Perfect Future's brand of "political emo" will be satisfied as the bridge emerges in the form of clean picked single notes and intense lyrics about animal testing. 'Malleable' immediately jumps out of the gate heavier and more screamed that its preceding track. Riffs here are quick and nimble, though I wouldn’t use the word "noodly" in this context, as they seem to come from a different place. As the drums pick up, the guitars remain on single notes to create a cool dynamic that ends this short song. The most immediately somber and downtrodden of these three songs, 'Inevitable' relies heavily on picked out clean guitar and reserved drums. The vocals begin gently sung, though still full of quiet intensity. By the end of the song things have gotten intense again, mixing punctuated drums with shouted vocals and heavier progressions. This is a good sampling of styles from a band doing something interesting and different within emo. Definitely worth checking out.

Reviewed by Justin.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Mine - Disappear



01. Stand Up Straight And Let Me Take A Look At You
02. Penknife
03. Disappear
04. Purple
05. Sleepwalk

While this band might most easily (and lazily) be described as hardcore, there are many different currents churning underneath the surface. Elements of this are most definitely hardcore - the pounding drums, straining screamed vocals, and the big, decimating chord progressions - but every time you think you know where things are going next, Mine throw a curveball. Passages like the opening mid tempo jam of the title track feel like skate rock in terms of tempo, but contain melodic guitar riffs that control the mood of the part. These sections give way to somber clean picked segues that jump right back into melodic riffing and big, open mid tempo drums. The powerful, driving vibe behind this whole record makes it perfect for, well, driving. The drumless instrumental track 'Purple' perfectly paces the record, creating breathing room between walls of riffs and drums. It also perfectly sets up the album's dynamic closer, 'Sleepwalk'. Lone clean guitars start the track, but they are soon joined by drums and shouted vocals, creating a cool dark dynamic. The song switches tempos deftly between driving and plodding, creating a tension that continues to build right up to the last ring out.

Reviewed by Justin.

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Collusion - Fall Of The Parthenon



01. Fall Of The Parthenon
02. Imperfect Perfectionism
03. Deteriorative Cognition
04. Better Living Through Chemistry

Collusion is formed somewhere in 2011 from the ashes of a screamo band called Dramacoma. These Malaysian guys said they play 'heavy-straight-in-your-face-screamo' and yes, Collusion' music is truly intense, dynamic and well-built. This kind of screamo is not my favourite, but 'Fall Of The Parthenon' is higly recommended for fans of heavy, modern screamo and hardcore.

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